Why you’ll love the Mexican Hot Chocolate cocktail
Velvety smooth Mexican chocolate swirled into cinnamon spiced milk with a good measure of reposado tequila, (Espolòn is our fave) will warm the bones on any chilly evening with friends— especially when the only plan is catching up with your latest TV binge while snuggling under cozy blankets. Mexican cocktails like this one are perfect to make in a batch for a movie night with the gang or festive season gatherings.
Why is this alcoholic Mexican hot chocolate recipe unique?
A more luxe version than your usual powdered hot chocolate, using Mexican or bittersweet chocolate rather than a powder makes this drink thicker and more textured. On top of that, Mexican chocolate is made with cacao nibs, cinnamon, and a hint of sugar, making it way less sugary compared to regular store-bought chocolate. This allows you to control the sweetness. Typically, this tequila hot chocolate is also spiced with cinnamon and cayenne, making it stand out from the crowd.
Stay warm with your fingers wrapped firmly around a mug of this Mexican hot chocolate with tequila – and peruse the tempting array of other Mexican cocktails you can easily learn how to make.
Mexican Hot Chocolate Cocktail variations
If you need a vegan, dairy-free, or sugar-free variation, we’ve got you covered! This tequila hot chocolate really suits everyone. As a bonus, this alcoholic Mexican hot chocolate recipe is naturally gluten-free.
For a dairy-free version, use almond or oat milk. Avoiding refined sugar? Reach for coconut sugar or sweetener. On that note, check your cocoa powder—it often has a lot of sugar included.
Can’t find Mexican chocolate? Just choose bittersweet. A bar of unsweetened chocolate is packed with the best source of antioxidants. If you’re nervous about the bitterness, just add a dash more sugar or honey. Look out for Ceylon cinnamon over cassia varieties; it’s finer and tastes sweeter.
If you crave an extra-rich boozy Mexican hot chocolate, then choose an aged tequila rather than a blanco. Reposada and añejo amplify the richness with their warm caramel and vanilla notes. To up the ante when serving, sprinkle your whipped cream with a dusting of cayenne, cinnamon, and nutmeg. You can even add a pinch of edible gold luster dust for extra sparkle (find it in the home baking section of the supermarket). If you’re in a naughty mood, ditch the cream and top with toasted marshmallows. Look out for the vegan mallows, they’re also good!